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Disney 'white dude' row over new role created for Aladdin live action remake

Disney 'white dude' row over new role created for Aladdin live action remake
From BBC - September 6, 2017

Disney is being criticised after creating a new role for a white actor in Guy Ritchie's live action remake of Aladdin.

Billy Magnussen's part is believed to be a character called Prince Anders.

There were whitewashing claims in July after a non-Arab actor, Naomi Scott, was cast in Princess Jasmine's role.

Scott, who's of British and Indian heritage, will star alongside Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as Genie.

There are no white characters in the original Middle Eastern folk story, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.

And fans do not think the casting decision was a great idea.

Disney has not yet commented on the casting decision.

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